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LTG(R) Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD– Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Strategic Landscape

Updated: Aug 5, 2022

In this episode you will hear the 42nd Army Surgeon General, Dr. Eric Schoomaker describe how he joined Army Medicine and why he decided to serve over 32 years on Active Duty. He explains the operational and strategic importance of translational research in the Military how Hematology/Oncology physicians support the warfighters. He also highlights the key roles Graduate Medical Education and Leadership Development play in producing a Ready Medical Force.

Dr. Schoomaker talks about his journey from a primary focus on Academic Medicine to that of a strategic Military Medical Leader. He explains how medical care on the battlefield has changed from the Gulf War to current conflicts and provides a glimpse at what it may look like in the future. He also links the contribution of former Military Medicine giants of history to the practice of medicine today.

As a senior leader, LTG(R) Schoomaker describes how he approached and dealt with challenging leadership challenges such as when Walter Reed Army Medical Center was the subject of a neglect scandal in the national media.

Dr. Schoomaker shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don’t want to miss this episode!

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